Ultimate healthy in Kamloops, with high school teams heading to provincials

Two Kamloops schools are off to Ultimate provincials in in Surrey this week after being crowned Okanagan champions.

The Tournament Capital hosted the 12-team Okanagan tournament last week, with South Kamloops secondary winning the AAA title with a 12-5 victory over Kelowna secondary.

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Westsyde secondary, in its inaugural season, overcame Charles Bloom secondary of Lumby 9-5 to be crowned AA champs.

It was an impressive showing as Ultimate is still in its infancy at Kamloops-area high schools.

South Kam, Valleyview and Merritt fielded teams for their inaugural seasons last year after Ultimate was officially adopted by BC School Sports.

With the addition of Westsyde this year, four schools have teams playing in the Okanagan West Zone — AA teams at Westsyde and Merritt and AAA teams at Valleyview and South Kam.

South Kam also fielded a junior team this year, which played games against the senior teams, said South Kam head coach Alysia Francis.

There has been ample interest in the game at South Kam in Year 2.

“I had 43 Grade 11, 12 students come out to play this year compared to last year, where I was going to different classes and trying to convince them that this was a real sport and they should try it,” Francis said.

South Kam fielded a 21-player senior team last year — 10 of whom graduated.

“We really started all over again this year,” said Francis.

This year’s senior team was cut to 27 and 20 showed up for the junior team.

Westsyde coach Ben Laidlaw said the Whundas had 14 students try out for the inaugural team, enough for two lines of seven.

“It’s just a great form of recreation that’s sportsmanlike, active and keeps the kids busy,” Laidlaw said.

South Kam and Westsyde will travel to Surrey for the provincial championships, which will run from Wednesday to Friday at Newton Athletic Park.

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